Tight Santa Anita track a concern for Intricately – O’Brien
Intricately (nearside) battles to a narrow victory in the Moyglare
PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos) Tight track a concern
for Intricately – O'Brien By Tom Kerr at Santa Anita 8:39AM 4 NOV 2016
JUST five months on from saddling his first runners as a licensed trainer, Joseph O'Brien has a leading chance of a Breeders' Cup victory with Moyglare heroine Intricately, who is a top price of 13-2 to win the Juvenile Fillies Turf, which takes place at 10.50pm GMT at Santa Anita on Friday.
Intricately was a surprise 25-1 winner at the Curragh, where she saw off by a short-head the challenge of Hydrangea, one of two runners here for O'Brien's father Aidan. The other, Roly Poly, fell short by the same margin in the Cheveley Park last time out.
Regarding Intricately's prospects, Joseph O'Brien said: "I'm a little bit worried about the tight track but other than that she's in good form. She's easy to train and easy to be around.
"She's a genuine filly with a good attitude. I didn't expect that we'd have a filly as good as this one in our first year and we're very lucky how it panned out. It's great to be here."
'I'll be gutted if she doesn't go close'
The home contingent is led by the Kathy Ritvo-trained Spain Burg, until recently based with Xavier Thomas-Demeaulte in France, from where she was sent out to win the Rockfel from Fair Eva in September. Frankie Dettori took the ride at Newmarket and maintains the partnership at Santa Anita.
Dettori said: "She looks like my likeliest chance of a winner this weekend.
"Winning the Rockfel brought us here and she's such a likeable filly. The way she ran on at HQ shows you the step up in trip to a mile should be no problem. She's going in the right direction and I'll be gutted if she doesn't go well."
Another Catch A Glimpse?
The other North American hope to take close note of is La Coronel, who represents Tepin's trainer Mark Casse, who landed this race last year with 2016 Filly & Mare Turf contender Catch A Glimpse. La Coronel warmed up for this task with a commanding four-and-a-quarter-length win in a Grade 3 at Keeneland last month.
Following her run before that, a similarly powerful maiden win at Saratoga, Casse reported that jockey Florent Geroux had dismounted and told connections: "I think we have another Catch A Glimpse."